Phyllis is a Diasporic Soul who hails from North Carolina and currently divides her time between the U.S. and Senegal, West Africa. She and her husband founded Diasporic Soul in order to offer healing-centered leadership development and heritage travel experiences for her fellow Diasporic Souls.
Put another way, Diasporic Soul is a “yes, yes y’all” to members of the African Diaspora because we love Black people. Our soul. Our swagger. Our sabor. Our joie de vivre. Our creativity and ingenuity. Our differences and diversity. Our spirit of resilience and resistance.
As a Diasporic Soul who has been practicing yoga for over ten years, Phyllis always wanted to see more Black folks on the mats beside her. She was frequently and often disappointed. As a result, she is invested in introducing us to yoga and its capacity to contribute to our individual and collective grounding, centering and healing. Its capacity to feed our individual and collective Diasporic Souls. Thus, restorative yoga is part of every Diasporic Soul healing-centered experience. Yoga offers us access to greater self-awareness, serenity and strength as we seek to create change in our communities, our society and the world.
In addition to her time as a yoga practitioner, Phyllis is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher. She has also completed True Body Project training, which is a somatics-focused or body-awareness-informed approach for working with young women to develop their self-awareness, self-confidence and leadership capacity, as well as training with Dr. Gail Parker on Race-Based Stress Injury and Yoga for Resilience.
Phyllis comes to this work with twenty-plus years of higher education experience that includes designing and facilitating leadership development workshops and programs for youth workers, community organizers, immigrant women, daycare workers, college-age young adults and high school students.